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Creston News Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa
Friday, January 27, 2006

OBITUARY - FRANK "BUCKY" HIGGINS

Frank "Bucky" HIGGINS, 81, of Mount Ayr, formerly of Creston, died January 24, 2006, at Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 27, at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. The Rev. John BRILLO will officiate the service. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Blockton. There is open visitation with the family present 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Central Iowa.

Mr. HIGGINS, son of Helen Alpha (BEAL) and John Paul HIGGINS, was born April 10, 1924, near Blockton. He graduated from high school in Sheridan, Mo. On August 15, 1945, he married Beulah O. BALLARD in Mount Ayr. She preceded him in death in May 1989. On November 2, 1992, he married Vergene (WARDRIP) SMITH in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a farmer, and managed Warin Oil and Reasoner Oil in Creston.

He lived in Mount Ayr the past 14 years, near Creston from 1962-92, and around Maloy, Clearfield and Blockton in earlier years. He was a member of the First Christian Church and Lions Club, both in Mount Ayr.

Survivors include his wife, Vergene HIGGINS of Mount Ayr; two children, Allan (wife Sharon) HIGGINS and Carolyn (husband Dave) CRIGGER, all of Creston; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, infant son and sister Lorene ADAMS.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, February 2, 2006

OBITUARY-FRANK EDWIN HIGGINS

Frank Edwin HIGGINS, son of Helen (BEAL) and J. P. "Dick" HIGGINS was born April 10, 1924 in rural Blockton, Taylor County, Iowa. He sepnt his childhood living and working on his family's farms in southern Iowa and northern Missouri. In 1942 he graduated from Sheridan high school in Sheridan, Missouri. On August 15, 1945, he married Beulah O. BALLARD. To this union three children were born, Allan Lee, Carolyn Sue and an infant son.

As an adult, Bucky loved spending time outdoors and working on the farm. He was a great steward of the land and always took special care with his livestock. He also worked various off-the-farm jobs. For more than 30 years, he worked as manager of WARIN Oil/REASONER Oil in Creston, Iowa.

Family was always a priority for Bucky. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He and Beulah enjoyed attending high school athletic and fine arts events during the years their children and grandchildren participated. In honor of their dedication to Creston high school activities, they received the first-ever Creston Activities Booster Club number one fan award.

In May 1989, Bucky lost his wife, Beulah, to her battle with cancer.

On November 2, 1992, Bucky married Vergen (WARDRIP) SMITH in Las Vegas, Nevada. They made their home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. He and Vergene stayed very active throughout their marriage, attending area dances, playing cards with neighbors and friends, enjoying high school ball games and family events. They shared similar backgrounds, both losing their first spouses to cancer. Their special bond of friendship and love was obvious to friends and family.

Bucky was a member of Farm Bureau for more than 50 years, a member of the Mount Ayr Lions Club and Mount Ayr Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Vergene of Mount Ayr, Iowa; a son, Allan (wife Sharon) HIGGINS of Creston, Iowa; a daughter, Carolyn (husband Dave) CRIGGER of Creston, Iowa; step-daughters, Karolyn (husband Kenny) HERREN of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and Kayla (husband Gary) MAIN of Bothell, Washington; brother-in-law, William BALLARD, Junior, of Onawa, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Georgia (husband malcolm) CANNON of Mount Vernon, Missouri, and June FENCEL of James Island, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Matt (wife Terri) HIGGINS of Creston, Iowa, Cortney (special friend Connie ERICKSON) HIGGINS of Edgar, Wisconsin, Cody (wife Londa) CRIGGER of West Des Moines, Iowa, Amanda (husband Tharen) HELGERSON of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Kipp (wife Katie) CRIGGER of Des Moines, Iowa; six great-grandchildren, Alyssa HIGGINS, Cole HIGGINS, Cloe CRIGGER, Kimi CRIGGER and twins, McClain and Carson CRIGGER; nieces and nephews; four step-grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Dick; wife, Beulah HIGGINS, infant son and sister, Lorene ADAMS.

Services were conducted at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr on Friday, January 27, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. John BRILLO officiating. Musicians were Ginny EIGHMY, Cody CRIGGER, Kip CRIGGER and Calli CRIGGER. Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Casket bearers were Matt HIGGINS, Cortney HIGGINS, Cody CRIGGER, Kipp CRIGGER, Tharen HELGERSOn and Cory OTT. Honorary pallbearers were Steve WEBER, Kenneth DRIFTMIER, Marvin MAIN, Dean LARIMER, Dale PURDUM, Jack GOURLEY, Louis Clayton, Ronald CONLY and Mike WARIN.

Bucky was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010

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